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At Beverly Hills High, you have to be ruthless to survive…

Adrianna Bottom always wanted to be liked. But this wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Now, she’s in the spotlight…and out of her geeky comfort zone. She’ll do whatever it takes to turn the rumor mill in her favor—even if it means keeping secrets. So far, it’s working.

Wear the right clothes. Say the right thing
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Entangled: Teen
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I received this E-ARC via Netgalley and Entangled: Teen in exchange for an honest review. I had heard about this book through GR. It sounded good so I requested it from Netgalley.

Honestly I don't remember much about this book. It's been awhile since I've read it. I remember liking it. The reality show aspect was seriously over done and boring. It was dramatic. I liked the MC and the friend she made. I didn't really like the main guy or the ex of her friend. There were some important
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to admit, I wasn’t really into Secrets of a Reluctant Princess in the beginning, and I quickly had an opinion ready. I’m happy to say though, that eventually the story grew on me, and I ended up really enjoying it.

For starters, the toilet business was weird, but I really liked the addition of Andy and her family being filmed for a reality TV show. It made me wary of every single character – you can never tell if they want Andy around for friendship or fame – and I liked that mistrust.

I co
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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I just finished reading QUEENS OF GEEK, so I was pleasantly surprised to find myself jumping from a book about conventions to a book about - gasp - LARPing (or "live action roleplaying"). The premise is a strange, but intriguing one. Adrianna "Andy" Bottom is forced to move from Seattle to Beverly Hills after her father's line of bathroom accessories (think: Buddy Bowls) make it big. Worse: she's forced to be a part of her family's lates
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Be still, my heart! Friends, I'm about to shamelessly gush about this book. Consider yourself warned. I mean, I admit that it did take me a few chapters to warm up to Andy but once I did? Well, you couldn't have pried me away from this book if you tried. It has everything I love. Great characters, realistic life lessons, sweet romance, and LARPing. Yes, LARPing. My nerdy heart is so happy right now.

Andy, or Adrianna as her mother prefers she goes by, is the type of character that I wish we saw m
Cora Tea Party Princess
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
5 Words: Family, fame, friendship, fun, frolics.

Oh look. Alliteration. This book deserved it, it was fab.

I knew as soon as I started this book that I was going to like it. I was looking for something fun, something to lift my spirits and make me laugh... And that's exactly what I got!

I loved Andy, how she didn't want what was being thrust upon her, how she was actually a huge geek. As much as Andy is incredibly different from me, I felt that I could actually relate to her. Probably the geekines
May 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
Secrets of a Reluctant Princess!!! First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.
Summary: At Beverly Hills High, you have to be ruthless to survive…Adrianna Bottom always wanted to be liked. But this wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Now, she’s in the spotlight…and out of her geeky comfort zone. She’ll do whatever it takes to turn the rumor mill in her favor—even if it means keeping secrets. So far, it’s working. Wear the right clothes. Say the right things. Be seen with the rig
Shirley Cuypers
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, arc-beta, 2017
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Secrets of a Reluctant Princess tells the story of Adrianna (Andy) Bottom. She moved to Beverly Hills because her dad's toilet products have been a hit in the market and now they're rich. And because of that, there'll be a TV show about them, called Bathroom Barons. Adrianna doesn't feel like a celebrity and hates the way her stylists dress her. She's an real geek. But because she'll be on TV, she has to change her look and her behaviour. She wants to be a cool kid but she falls in
No. 3 in my streak of reads I was let down by. I'm on a streak.


The best parts of this book were connected to LARPing (life-action role-play... I have no idea who's reading this, so just in case).* The writing is decent, the idea is executed pretty well, it's a nice quick read. But with one thing that I wish was done better: the main character. I really wanted Andy to be a little less infuriating. While she was relatable in some fashion, a large chunk of her behavior came across as cringeworthy.
Elizabeth Mathis
At Beverly Hills High, you have to be ruthless to survive…

Adrianna Bottom always wanted to be liked. But this wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Now, she’s in the spotlight…and out of her geeky comfort zone. She’ll do whatever it takes to turn the rumor mill in her favor—even if it means keeping secrets. So far, it’s working.

Wear the right clothes. Say the right things. Be seen with the right people.

Kevin, the adorable sketch artist who shares her love of all things nerd, isn’t exactly the ri
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
SECRETS OF A RELUCTANT PRINCESS was a humorous and sweet story about a girl trying to figure out who she is and who she wants to be. With lots of high school drama, the craziness of a reality show, strained family and friend dynamics, and a possible romance, it was quite entertaining. Recommended to those who enjoy some drama and humor mixed with some sweet in their contemporary YA.

I think the word I would use for this story would be fun. I really liked Adrianna in all her geekishness. I got fru
Original review can be found at

** I received an advanced readers copy from Entagled Teen in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Adrianna Bottom moved to Beverly Hills with her parents when their toilet empire became successful. Not only were they expanding to the California area, they were also going to be the stars of a new reality TV series called Bathroom Barons. Adrianna was less than thrilled to have cameras following her when she just wanted
books are love
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

Casey Griffin has knocked it out of the park with this book. I was so entertained and laughed so much. the book had a light hearted tone but dealt with some very real issues that teens go through. For Adrianna we get so much more.

She is a good honest character that gets lost in trying to change herself so she doesn’t experience the pains of being the butt of everyone’s jokes again and to also please her parents. Since her family was now on tv she didn’t k
Sue Holmes
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arc
*review copy received from publisher*
A sweet, fluffy fun book which had more depth than expected in the second half.
We couldn't be rich from something cool, like discovering a new fuel source or curing cancer. Nope. It's a luminescent pee target.

Meet Adrianna (Andy) Bottom. Her father's toilet products have recently taken off landing their entire family on new reality show, Bathroom Barons. With a last name like Bottom what other area would you go into? Anyway. With the launch of the new reality show, the family uproots from Seattle to Beverly Hills. Back in Seattle, Andy was teased relentlessly for her f
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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I have to admit I found Secrets of a Reluctant Princess to be far too formulaic to keep my interest. There have been some GREAT geek YA novels lately (e.g.,The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl and the fantastic The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You) and so there is much to measure up to in this subject. But cardboard characters, the prototypical plot, a rather unfunny attempt at humor, and an insipid topical plot
Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

* I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

So, this one was a bummer for me. I wanted to like this book but it was simply impossible to do so.

Adrianna or Andy's family came into the limelight overnight when his father's business shot to fame. Now, they are even having their own reality tv show but all Andy wants is freedom from all the cameramen following her everywhere. With Kevin, she feels like sh
Ashley Gillan
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a cute YA romp through today's high school world: where "reality TV" and social media rule and being perfect is the only way to stay away from humiliation. I would liken this book to a younger Sophia Kinsella novel - full of slapstick situations which can make you laugh out loud at their absurdity- or a 2000's teen movie with a modern twist - a light, sweet movie where everything turns out all right in the end. Yay!

Andrea "Andy" Bottom is the heiress to the Bottom's Bathrooms fortu
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Moral of the story:
Just be yourself, no matter what others may think of you.

This is a great read, and for those who aren't generally interested in "princessy" stories,
don't worry, this isn't your typical princess story. It has nothing to do with royalty.
Suz Jay
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Super fun young adult romance with a heroine who must hide her nerdiness to become a reality star princess for her father's bathroom supply empire.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
**This review will also appear on A Leisure Moment**

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Hear ye, hear ye! I introduce to you a book of royal nerdiness!

Adrianna Bottom left Seattle behind, along with the relentless teasing and bullying—but her father’s billionaire bathroom business followed. She wanted to create a new life for herself in California, which was the most relatable part about her character. I wanted to be in touch with her, get lost i
Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ya, romance
This review appeared on We Live and Breathe Books
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Adrianna thought she was getting a fresh start. A new city. A new school. A new look. She thought that if she shed the "Andy" parts of herself and played a better social game, that things could be different. As she worked harder towards avoiding becoming a social outcast, she began to lose parts of herself. Those missing parts were found every Sunday, when she would go LARPing. When Adrianna donned her mask, she became Princess A
Kei • fiction court •
This is a clear case of it's not you, it's me.

I don't think I'm the right audience for this book; it's your typical YA book with a heroine who is about to have her life become a reality show as her dad "discovered" a fancy toilet or something. Anyway, I don't think anyone would be interesting in watching that but worse things have had a reality TV.

Our main character is annoying to be honest but the book touches a subject that a lot of teens might be in to so that's a plus.

Not my cup of tea but
Tanya Grech Welden
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Despite the author's best efforts to inject a positive message into this story (be true to yourself) this is, alas, about as shallow as YA gets. While I don't necessarily have a problem with this, after all we all need a bit of fluff at times, this book is edging towards the kind of shallow that starts to grate. Andy, or Adriana, is pretty clueless. While I like that she is flawed, and while not necessarily unlikable she is annoying. Perhaps the biggest issue with the story is that I never quite ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars;
The first couple of chapters of Secrets of a Reluctant Princess are pure farce, in the literary meaning and not the current derogatory meaning. Adrianna (Andy), of the unfortunate last name of “Bottom” (unfortunate because of her father’s business in plumbing supplies and his tendency to (heh) plumb the depths of those puns), becomes the “Porcelain Princess” on the Bathroom Barons reality tv series based on her family’s newly acquired wealth thanks to her father’s invention the Bowl
Suze Lavender
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adrianna Bottom's father is famous for his Bottom's Bathrooms and Accessories. It's why they've moved to Los Angeles where they're getting their own reality show. Adrianna isn't happy with her parents' decisions and doesn't want to be on television. Especially not because the director seems to want her to be someone she isn't and he's always there to film her most embarrassing moments. Starting at a new school is already scary, but constantly being in the spotlight while trying to make friends, ...more
T.H. Hernandez
This book had it's moments. Both really cute and funny, and a few that went on a bit too long. I loved Adrianna "Andy" Bottom, heir to the Bottoms Bathroom dynasty. She's funny, quirky, and a little unsure of herself, but she's also got a solid backbone that I loved. When her family moves from the Pacific Northwest down to Beverly Hills, subject of a new reality show based on their bathroom products, she becomes the Porcelain Princess. The victim of ridicule in her old school, she has a chance t ...more
Wit & Wonder Books
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it

Casey Griffin delivered a teen fairytale with 'Secrets of A Reluctant Princess'. It has all the great feels for a teen read and I found myself enjoying the humor and little love story that it gave us.

Adrianna Bottom is a geeky teenager who loves comics and making her own clothes. She gets picked on at school because her dad invents bathroom supplies and items. She is used to having no friends because of all of this but with her fam
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed many parts of this, but disliked many others as well.

Ok, we have Adrianna arriving at this new high school, trying to make a fresh start after horrible bullying at her last school. She’s also new in town, because her family now is rich and the stars of a new reality show. To say her life was changing is putting it mildly, lol.

Anyway, she tries to fit it and in that process she makes quite a few mistakes. I could really relate to Adrianna wanting to fit it, although I hated she felt she
Lori Murray
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion. Casey is a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel finalist, and is currently busy writing every moment she can.

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